In an article written by Sierra Sun, they discussed the water situation on the upper mountain area of Squaw Valley. In the statement made by Wesley Nicks, the director of Placer County Environmental Health, he told Sierra Sun that currently three out of four of the wells on the upper mountain were showing low traces of the coliform bacteria and no traces of E. coli.
However, on November 8th (when the bacteria was first reported) the wells showed traces of both, E. Coli and coliform bacteria in the drinking water. Since the original test that showed the traces of both bacteria; the water has been treated consistently and the levels of the bacteria’s have decreased. Even though the levels have improved the restaurants on the upper mountain will still remain closed until the issue is completely resolved. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is still allowing skiers to safely ski the mountain from top to bottom. To keep them safe they have told skiers that drinking the water is not allowed until the contamination clears up.
On November 30th Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, gave a statement to Sierra Sun on the water quality on the upper mountain. In the statement he explained that due to an excessive rain storm back in October, the recently upgraded water system flooded and that is when the contamination of the system took place. The contamination only took place within one water system. Kenney also made it clear that at no point did the public ever come into contact with the contaminated water. He went into detail about how once they detected the bacteria, they contacted Placer County Environmental Health, Squaw Valley Public Service District and other water safety experts to help address the issue. They also stated that until the levels are back to normal and have been assured by health officials, they will not be returning to their regular water usage.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows stated that they are taking this issue extremely serious. They mentioned that their customers safety is of their overall concern. Until the water situation is resolved they will be offering bottled water for all their customers to drink while they are using their facilities on the upper mountain. They have kept the facilities open for the public. Hopefully, Squaw Valley can soon resolve the water issue and return clean running water to the upper mountain of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.